Who am I? Why was I created? What is my purpose?
We have all asked these questions at some point in our lives. Maybe you have asked these questions more than once, I know I have especially after I became a father. With each phase of life, you have to reexamine your purpose. To stay relevant, you must continue to grow and change. If you stop, you will experience both a metaphorical and literal death.
To live a fulfilling life, you must find your purpose. But how do you do that? Many books have been written on the topic. In fact, The Purpose Driven Life is the best-selling book of all-time (after The Bible). I’m no expert on the topic, but I’ve lived through many phases of life and I’ve learned a few things about how to find your purpose.
It starts with passion. You should wake up driven by a passion; a desire to seize the day. Each morning you should know that your existence will have an impact on somebody or something in this world.
My passions include growing a strong a cohesive family, mentoring youth, and spreading a message of love and hope to the world through my speaking engagements. Your passions may be completely different, but they are equally valid and important. Your passion will fuel your life and give you purpose.
Next you have to find your IDEAL self. Too many people spend too much time trying to be the next Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Jeff Bezos, or Steve Jobs. While these people are successful and have lived admirable lives, they had to seek their own paths. And do so you. There is a passage of scripture that reads: Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else, for we are each responsible for our own conduct (Galatians 6:4-5 (NLT)). In order for you to be successful you have to accept both your gifts and your limitations. You have to understand your strengths and weaknesses. You also have to be aware of what really motivates you.
Ultimately we are the sum total of our choices, our environment and our opportunities. We have to blend all of that together to become our IDEAL selves. We can’t be anything but who we are. I know there is greatness in all of us. But we can’t compare ourselves to others. My IDEAL may not be your IDEAL. The first step to doing great things and becoming great is understanding who you are and growing from there. So, what does it mean to become the IDEAL you? Well, come back over the next few weeks and we will explore this topic in more detail.